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Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name:
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date:
dated A.H. 531/ A.D. 1137
Geography:
Iran or Iraq
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, gold, and watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
H. 8 9/16 in. (21.8 cm) W. 4 11/16 in. (11.9 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.238.2
Not on view
The Museum owns eight folios of this dispersed Qur'an. These include a colophon page with the signature of the scribe Muhammad al-Zanjani, from the town of Zanjan in northwestern Iran, and the date of completion, in A.H. 531/A.D. 1137. The text is written in the script known as "eastern kufic" with some elements in naskh (cursive) and is lavishly illuminated with designs of foliate scrolls and geometric interlace.
[ Oliver Hoare, Ltd, London, until 1996; sold to MMA]
James, David. The Master Scribes: Qur'ans of the 10th to 14th centuries AD, edited by Julian Raby. The Nasser D. Khalili collection of Islamic Art, vol. 2. New York: The Nour Foundation & Oxford U. Press, 1992. no. 9, p. 52, ill.



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